There are different keys that help us to carry the atmosphere of heaven. Nothing that makes a bigger difference than the glory of God in our lives. God wants us to carry His Presence in such a way that people can experience the Lord.
How does flexibility help us to carry the atmosphere of heaven? We want people to experience God above everything else. This comes by just having a life that yielded to Jesus. It’s not about words.
Even with the things I typically share, you don’t want to take it like a list of things that you have to do. It’s not that kind of a thing. It’s more like tips, just tips, things you can do. Just let the Lord lead you and guide you in your devotion and your times with him. He wants our relationship to be living and organic. He doesn’t want it to be mechanical.
It’s not – I have get up at this certain time, I have to do it this certain way, this kind of thing. When we get too caught up in mechanics we tend to lose the joy of our experience with God. If we get mechanical in our relationship we can become hard on ourselves. There are some people who are perfect with their schedules. If that’s you, God bless you! You know, it’s just not me.
I don’t adhere to my schedule every time. I have a plan. A wise man makes plans. We want to plan some things. If you don’t plan at all, you’re planning to fail. It’s good to have some plans. But you can’t let plans become a box. A box is constricting. We want to be a spontaneous prophetic people that follow the leading of the Holy Spirit -to get in the flow of the Holy Spirit and move with the Holy Spirit. Those who are led by the Spirit – those are sons of God.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.Romans 8:14
We do want to be led by the Spirit. At the same time, we can still have both, we can have plans, and we can be led by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit can lead you to have a plan. And there are practical things that you can do to see those things come to pass that God has put in your heart. Right. We want to be practical, but we also want to be led by the Spirit. Be willing to throw away the plan to follow the Spirit.
Think about music orchestrations – a musical score, how beautiful it can be. And there’s so many ways we can express music. Right? It’s not just this one form. It’s not just this one way. There are orchestrations. I love orchestrations – and they are planned. It’s very detailed.
A man’s heart plans his way,Proverbs 16:9
But the LORD directs his steps.
God is Into the Details
God has a lot of detail. When we look at the Old Testament God had a lot of plans for the tabernacle. He had a lot of plans for the temple. God makes plans – in details, excruciating details. At the same time, He is a God of the spontaneous. He’s a God the heart. He wants us to express ourselves to Him from our hearts. We can learn everything up in our heads and still never connect in our hearts.
One of my sons is learning the books of the Bible, all 66 books to say them in order, and he’s doing a great job! Knowing all 66 books in the Bible and having them all in order is not necessarily going to connect you with God from the heart. Even though it’s great and encourage that, we need to connect with the Lord from the heart.
A Library that Serves the Spirit
Ultimately your library should only serve the Spirit – something the Holy Spirit can pull from. We want a library that serves the Holy Spirit. We can fill ourselves with all the good things. God’s Word is truth. Our meditation is to be upon the things of heaven, things above. We want to be yielded to the Holy Spirit. We want to be a people who are yielded to his purposes.
It’s good to be flexible. In a marriage, you have to be flexible. Is that the truth? The truth is that we have to be flexible. With two people coming together someone has to bend. Someone’s gotta give. There has to be someone willing to be flexible here to make this work. You have two different planets coming together as one. Marriage is a picture of how we need to be flexible with God as we are married to Him.
Make your plans. Be willing to throw them out for His better plan. Stay filled with His Presence as you maintain your flexibility with God. This equals others coming into encounters with Him!